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I use Draw for some illustrations in a number of manuals I created and
maintain in Writer.
I have copy/pasted the illustrations from Draw to Writer, exported from
Draw as PNG (although I notice an export bug relating to resolution in
my current version) to insert as image and inserted the draw file
(Insert>Object>OLE object).
All work for me so I wonder if you have some other issue going on.

I now use Inkscape for more complicated illustrations as I can gain
finer control.

On 22/02/2020 21:46, Peter Schofield wrote:
Hello Regina

I have just re-read your email.

I use PNG format for screenshots as this is the best format to use and keeps the image sharp. 
This comes from experience and it is also mentioned in the information for the LO documentation 
In the information it also mentions to use Draw if you want to add items to a screenshot. So I 
tried it and this is when I got the problem of an empty file. Importing an ODG file into Writer 
gives the warning message that the file format is not recognised.
Surely, I should be able to create an illustration or drawing in Draw, save it in ODG format and 
then copy and paste the file into Writer. LibreOffice consists of several modules and there 
should be complete compatibility between the different file formats that are created. Am I 
missing something? I wonder if any LO users have come across this problemm.

Peter Schofield

On 18 Feb 2020, at 13:33, Regina Henschel <> wrote:

Hi Peter,

Peter Schofield schrieb am 18-Feb-20 um 13:01:
I am updating the user guide for Draw to version 6.4 and have come a problem.
LO Writer is not accepting the ODG format as a file. I have tried dropping into a document as 
well as doing a copy and paste, but nothing happens. I also tried importing as an image and I 
get the message that the ODG drawing is not recognised as an image.
My only solution at the moment is to export from Draw in PNG format after saving in ODG format.
Exporting directly from Draw without saving in ODG format produces an empty file.
Anybody know a solution.
I am using LO version
The goal is not clear to me.
If you intend to import a complete ODG file (why?), then it would be only possible as OLE.
If you want to insert single drawings, often simple copy&paste will work. Another method would 
be to drag the drawing into a (new) Gallery theme in Draw and insert it from the Gallery in 

If your drawing in Draw contains several shapes, you might get better results by grouping them.
In case you get distance problems at the edges, include a white rectangle behind the drawing.

Why do you think, using PNG in the guide is not so good?

BTW, I'm currently reviewing the German guide for Draw.

Kind regards

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